The New Porsche 911 Carrera and Porsche Mission E concept car

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Together with the new 911 Carrera, Porsche is presenting the “Mission E” concept car at the IAA in Frankfurt from 17 to 27 September. The concept car is a coherent design of a sports car with an electric drive and all of the traits that make up a Porsche. In the Mission E, an entirely new spread is experienced between performance and efficiency – supplemented by a futuristic display and control concept. The joint premiere with the new generation 911 Carrera has symbolic character. The first all-electrically powered four-seat Porsche of the 21st century represents the future of a concept that made the 911 the most successful sports car ever for over 50 years.

Porsche sports car concept- Mission E

The 911 Carrera and Mission E share one clear statement, namely that excellent sporty performance can be combined with maximum efficiency – the traditional Porsche values. In the new generation of the classic 911 Carrera sports car, innovative turbocharged engines stand for these values. The message of the concept car is E performance. This means that even an electrically powered Porsche naturally fulfils all requirements related to performance, range and driving dynamics.

The Mission E concept car shows how Porsche envisions the future of the electric sports car. The fascinating design of the four-door car with four seats bears many references to the 911 while revealing the Mission E to be a Porsche at first glance. The passionately designed sports car with all-wheel drive develops a total power of over 600 hp, which can be conver ­ted into typical Porsche driving dynamics. The driving range of the Mission E is over 500 kilo ­metres, and the innovative 800-volts battery charging system Porsche Turbo Charging re ­duces charging time to just slightly longer than it takes to fill a car’s fuel tank today. At the quick charge station, it takes just over fifteen minutes to provide enough charge for around 80 per cent of the total range. In keeping with the car’s purist interior, the control and dis ­play concept is intuitive with eye-tracking and gesture control as well as innovative functions.

The new generation 911 Carrera makes its debut at the IAA with new turbocharged engines, optimised chassis and the entirely new Porsche Communication Management system with online navigation. The turbocharged three-litre flat engine in the 911 Carrera has a power output of 370 hp (272 kW). In the 911 Carrera S it even generates 420 hp (309 kW), thanks to such features as modified turbochargers. Also excellent is the significant increase in torque together with an improvement of just around 12 per cent in fuel economy. The 911 Carrera has a maximum torque of 450 Nm and the 911 Carrera S even has 500 Nm. This torque is available from a low 1,700 rpm over practically the entire engine speed range. At the same time, the new engines with their maximum speed of 7,500 rpm are very free-revving and passionate.

World premiere of the first battery-powered four-seat concept car from Porsche

Porsche Mission E:
600 hp, 500 km driving range, 15 minutes charging time

In presenting the Mission E at the IAA in Frankfurt, Porsche is introducing the first all-electrically powered four-seat sports car in the brand’s history. The concept car combines the unmistakable emotional design of a Porsche with excellent performance and the forward-thinking practicality of the first 800-volt drive system. Key specification data of this fascina ­ting sports car: four doors and four single seats, over 600 hp (440 kW) system power and over 500 km driving range. All-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, zero to 100 km/h acce ­leration in under 3.5 seconds and a charging time of around 15 minutes to reach an 80 per cent charge of electrical energy. Instruments are intuitively operated by eye-tracking and gesture control, some even via holograms – highly oriented toward the driver by automati ­cally adjusting the displays to the driver’s position.

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Project Kahn Range Rover RS-650 pictures and specifications

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Kahn have released pictures and specifications of their Project Kahn Range Rover RS-650. The new Project Kahn Range Rover RS-650 makes its presence felt thanks to a commanding design along with an exclusive style package.


Available in Black Kirsch over Madeira Red, both the RS 650 front and rear bumpers have been manufactured from lightweight carbon composite with carbon fibre detailing to reflect the sportier nature of the SUV.

The front and rear RS600 wheel arches boast integrated air dams and have been extended outwards for a more muscular look.

A glossy Piano Black floating roof, side vents in a Carbon Fibre finish, tailgate strip, and front chin spoiler exude an infectious desire to get behind the wheel of this much sought after Project Kahn vehicle.


The front of the Project Kahn Range Rover RS-650 sports a new bumper that impeccably incorporates the factory fog lights.

Furthermore, a unique 3-D mesh is worn on each air intake as well as the new LE front grille complete with a 3D mesh floating insert. Towards the rear, the RS-650 Edition sports an extended lightweight composite roof and trunk lid spoiler for a more dynamic appearance.

A new set of Matt Black 9.5″ X 23″ RS lightweight wheels perfectly fill in the newly extended arches fitted with 305X30X23″ tyres.


Behind the wheels sit painted brake callipers providing a fantastic visual contrast. The concluding touch consists of a new set of RS650 quad stainless steel cross-hair exhaust outlets protruding from the rear bumper.

Inside, the Project Kahn Range Rover RS-650 Edition has been fully redesigned with luxurious Kahn Bridge of Weir Leather – with the front and rear seats wear quilted and perforated Burnt Orange leather.

Even the door tops, door arm rests, centre console, instrument binnacle, and steering wheel centre were upholstered to match the new colour scheme. Stainless steel door entry sill plates greet passengers while a set of machined aluminium foot pedals add a touch of class for the driver.


The new Project Kahn Land Rover Range Rover RS-650 Edition is currently priced at £109,875.00 with all of the components available as individual accessories or as a complete package

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Ikarus C42 microlight price and specifications

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In one of our previous posts we provided a guide to ‘Buying an Ikarus C42 microlight‘. In this latest post we feature the Ikarus C42 microlight price and specifications for anyone looking to buy a microlight.

The Ikarus has become one of the most popular microlights in the UK and is often mistaken for a light aircraft. The Ikarus is German built so you know it’s going to be a quality aircraft to fly and own.

Ikarus C42 microlight specifications

The C42 comes with:

  • A fuel tank with a capacity of 65 litres
  • Cabin heaters
  • Cabin windows and windshield Makrolon or optional Plexiglas
  • Fresh-air inlets on the left and right windows that are adjustable
  • A reduced weight battery
  • Elevator trim
  • Hydraulic disk brakes with parking brake
  • Easy to remove wings
  • Optional electric trim and landing flap adjustment
  • Optional aerodynamic main gear fairing
  • Optional Carbon fibre winglets cause an elegant visual effect and even better flight characteristics at low speed flight as well as at banner- and aero-tow

The C42 instruments include:

  • Altimeter (10000 ft), Air speed indicator 250 km/hr with dual scale (kts) and colour indicating, Compass
  • Engine instruments:
    RPM indicator, oil pressure indicator, CHT gauge, oil temperature gauge, fuel gauge.

Ikarus C42 microlight technical data

Technical data 80 HP 100 HP
Cruising speed (IAS) 165 km/h 175 km/h
Max. airspeed Vmax (IAS) 180 km/h 187 km/h
Stallspeed 65 km/h 65 km/h
Rate of clim (472,5 kg) 5,0 m/s 6,5 m/s
Wing span 9,45 m
Leigth 6,25 m
Height 2,20 m
Wing area 12,5 m²
Empty weight excl.. recovery system
C42 UK Competition 256,0 kg 260,0 kg
C42 UK Champion 251,0 kg 255,0 kg
MTOW Germany* 472,5 kg
C42 UK Competition 216,5 kg 212,5 kg
C42 UK Champion 221,5 kg 217,5 kg
Fuel tank volume 65 Liter
Average consumptionof fuel L/h 10-13 10-14
Range 65 Liters tank ca. 700 km
Length of takeoff run (Gras) 90-100 m 75-85 m
Glide ratio 11

* MTOW and payload may be different according to national law

State: 10.2010 – Technical changes reserved.
Technical informations are partially approximate values

Ikarus C42 engine

  • 4-cylinder-4-stroke liquid-cooled / air-cooled engine with opposed cylinders Rotax 912 UL version, 58 kW/80 HP,or optional Rotax ULS 74kw/100HP with sliding clutch
  • including electrical starter, electronic dual ignition, integrated reduction gearbox, carburetor preheating
  • 2-blade ande 3-blade carbon-fibre propeller groundadjustable resp. in-flight-adjustable
  • Spinner (Glass fibre)
  • Stainless steel exhaust system

Ikarus C42 microlight price

The price of a new Ikarus C42 microlight is around £55,000 + VAT. The price of a good used Ikarus C42 will cost around £35,000.

Ikarus C42 video

Ikarus have produced a video for the C42, watch it below.

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European car sales rise nearly 10 percent in August

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Resultat d'imatges de European car sales

New-car sales rose 9.5 percent in Europe last month with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Renault, Daimler, Toyota and Kia beating the market average with double-digit growth while Volkswagen Group, mired in an emissions scandal, continued to lose ground.

Registrations rose to 855,466 cars in August in the EU and EFTA markets, industry association ACEA said in a statement, with recovering southern markets benefiting Fiat Chrysler and low-cost brands. ACEA said the August growth was an “impressive” performance for a seasonally slow holiday month.

Fiat Chrysler posted the biggest gain among major automakers with a 20 percent sales increase, helped by rebounding markets in Italy and Spain and 30 percent growth at its Jeep brand.

Renault Group sales rose 15 percent, boosted by a 39 percent gain at its Dacia low cost brand. Toyota’s volume gained 18 percent while Kia’ sales rose 16 percent.

VW Group, Europe’s top-selling automaker, saw sales grow by 6.3 percent. Volume was boosted by 18 percent gain at Seat, which has just launched its first SUV, the Ateca. VW brand sales increased by 5 percent, Audi sales were up 6.8 percent and Skoda’s volume grew by 2.9 percent. VW Group’s market share fell to 26.0 percent for August from 26.8 percent year-on-year.

Sales by PSA Group, Europe’s No. 2 automaker, rose a lackluster 2.8 percent, with Peugeot brand sales up 6.3 percent, but Citroen down nearly half a percent and DS sales plunging 15 percent on an aging lineup.

Among premium brands, Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands showed a combined 17 percent gain. Sales at BMW Group including Mini advanced by 6.9 percent.

• Download PDF, above right, for sales by automaker, brand and country for August and 8 months.

Through the first eight months, industrywide registrations gained 7.8 percent to 10.1 million. VW Group’s market share in the period narrowed to 24.1 percent, the lowest level since 2011 and down from 25.3 percent a year ago.

The European car market’s gains in August extend a recovery that began after sales hit a two-decade low in 2013 following the global financial crisis. The upswing is expected to lose steam as the region’s economic outlook dims in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union. An index measuring consumer sentiment in the EU’s 28 countries fell in August to 103.8 from 104.7 a month earlier, according to the European Commission.

August numbers were bolstered in part by an extra selling day in most markets compared with a year ago.

Sales grew by 20 percent in Italy last month and by 15 percent in Spain. In Germany, Europe’s biggest market, registrations rose 8.3 percent while French sales were up 6.7 percent. In the UK, sales were 3.3 percent higher ahead of September’s plate change, which will serve as bigger test of demand in the country after the Brexit vote.

Maverick Viñales claims career best finish in Austin

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Maverick Viñales claimed a career best fourth position at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, insisting the podium will come soon.

The 21-year-old is widely expected to leave Suzuki at the end of this season to replace the outgoing Jorge Lorenzo and his performance in the Americas Grand Prix showed exactly why Yamaha are so hot on him.

Battling through the field after a disappointing start from the second row, Viñales eventually found himself battling with his Ecstar Suzuki team-mate Aleix Espargaro. Viñales managed to utalise his superior pace to get ahead of his team-mate, although the gap up to third place Andrea Iannone was already too big to close.

Despite having issues with the grip at the rear of his Suzuki GSX-RR, Viñales was frustrated to not convert his pace through the weekend into the podium, but after seeing the gap to the Ducati, the Spaniard decided to settle for a career best finish.

“Unfortunately we had some troubles with the grip at the rear tyre, I felt confident until almost half of the race, already thinking to be able to recover on the third place, but then the performance dropped dramatically and made the recovery impossible,” explained Viñales after the chequered flag.

“At the end I decided to take the fourth and get to the finish. The result is positive, being fourth is my best result since I’ve been in MotoGP, but after the positive weekend it is a pity that we couldn’t finalise an even better result.”